Flight Behavior

  • by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by Barbara Kingsolver
  • 16 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at 17. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media. As the community lines up to judge the woman and her miracle, Dellarobia confronts her family, her church, her town, and a larger world, in a flight toward truth that could undo all she has ever believed.
Flight Behavior takes on one of the most contentious subjects of our time: climate change. With a deft and versatile empathy Kingsolver dissects the motives that drive denial and belief in a precarious world.

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Kingsolver's best yet

Would you listen to Flight Behavior again? Why?

I have already listened to sections repeatedly. Kingsolver's style is lyrical and transfixing (especially her description of butterflys/distant wild fire).
Her plot is involved and meaty, this one with a heavy dose of science. As always, Kingsolver shares a deep comitment to current environmental concerns, while detailing the limitations of the farm life and sharing insights into individuals, especially people with limited opportunities.


Who was your favorite character and why?

The heroine was truly that, a complex, tormented woman you cared about as she struggled to understand herself and her choices.


Have you listened to any of Barbara Kingsolver’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is her best yet. It combines her lyrical style and solid science.


If you could rename Flight Behavior, what would you call it?

It's the perfect title, because the heroine is struggling against temptations to flee and humans are denying scientific reality, so flight behaviors abound.


Any additional comments?

Kingsolver's lyricism and deft insights make her one of America's finest writers.

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- Carol

Tough Message Delivered in Silk

This book is a compelling story that ties in so beautifully with the human condition and natural world dilemma. Kingsolver bridges the gap of communication between social, political and academic cultures in this country through the eyes of a truly remarkable Kingsolverian character. She paints with words a world so precious and so precarious that I'm torn in two listening to it.

Kingsolver herself narrates this wonder like she's been on stage her entire life. Who but she would know these people so spectacularly well but how often does an author live up to the challenge? This was one of the best books I've ever read.
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- mj

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-06-2012
  • Publisher: HarperAudio